Sam Evans-Brown

Environment and Education Reporter

 

Sam Evans-Brown has been working for  New Hampshire Public Radio since 2010, when he began as a freelancer. His work has won several local broadcast journalism awards, and he was a 2013 Steinbrenner Institute Environmental Media Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University. He studied Politics and Spanish at Bates College, and before reporting was variously employed as a Spanish teacher, farmer, bicycle mechanic, ski coach, research assistant, a wilderness trip leader and a technical supporter.

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All Things Considered
6:07 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Plane in I-93 Crash Once Made Emergency Landing in Nashua

Interstate 93 in Hooksett, the scene of a plane crash in which two people were killed.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown, NHPR

Two people are dead after their plane crashed alongside Interstate 93 in Hooksett.

NHPR’s Sam Evans-Brown was on the scene earlier today. He tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about what police have confirmed about the Doris and Herman Hassenger, the people killed in the crash, and about the plane's history.

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Elections 2012
4:26 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Guinta And Shea-Porter Both Reading From The Same Playbook

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

This time around in the first congressional district the names are the same but the roles are flipped; Republican Frank Guinta, once the challenger, is now the incumbent. But that’s not the only way this year’s race is like a mirror image of last election.

When Congressman Frank Guinta goes out knocking on the doors of independents in Manchester – his political backyard – most everybody knows who he is.

Guinta: Good Morning!

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Elections 2012
4:35 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

UNH Poll Points To Hassan Win In Gubernatorial Race, Democratic Majorities In House And Senate

WMUR Granite State Poll / UNH Survey Center

The second in a series of polls out this week from WMUR and the UNH Survey Center predicts that Democrats will win the governorship and majorities in both the House and Senate.

This is the fourth poll in a row that shows a widening lead for Democrats in the “generic ballot” question: that’s to say “will you be voting for the Democrat or the Republican in your local House or Senate race?”

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Elections 2012
9:26 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

WMUR/UNH Poll Finds Obama Holds Lead, Romney Lags With Women

UNH Survey Center / WMUR Granite State poll

The latest poll from WMUR and the UNH Survey Center shows President Obama maintaining a slight lead over Governor Mitt Romney in the Granite State.

UNH Pollster Andy Smith says the latest poll shows that there is still an enthusiasm gap, with more Republican voters feeling fired up about the election, but..

Smith: Obama has a 59 percent to 34 percent lead among women, Romney has a smaller lead among men, so the gender gap is there but advantaging the president right now.

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Education
8:06 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Charter School Advocates Mob State Board Of Ed. Meeting

Delta Dental CEO and Chairman of the State Board of Education Tom Raffio has found himself in the middle of the kerfluffle surrounding charter school applications
Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Charter School advocates and organizers packed the room for today’s meeting of the State Board of Education, to ask them rescind the moratorium on New Charter school approvals.

Several of the schools whose applications were denied because of a state budget shortfall were on hand, saying the moratorium was poorly timed.

Schools like the Gate City Charter say that this will keep them from opening on time.

Cevasco: My name is Karin Cevasco, and we are here to compel you to accept our application.

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Elections 2012
2:36 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Guinta, Shea-Porter In Another Ad Accuracy Stir

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

The Guinta campaign has taken issue with another television ad in the race for the first congressional district. This is just the latest salvo of the tit-for-tat that has characterized the contest.

Guinta’s campaign is upset about an ad from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, because it makes the following claim…

Ad: Frank Guinta voted to make you pay over $1,000 dollars a year more in taxes.

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Word of Mouth
11:37 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Harvesting Chestnuts In The Granite State

Todd Ross, a volunteer for the NH chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation, shows off a healthy, wild, naturally polinated chestnut burr
Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Its fall in New England and that means apples, cranberries, pumpkins, and – about a hundred years ago – it meant chestnuts.

But last century an invasive blight wiped out chestnuts on the East Coast. So in order to get the feel of the autumns of yester-year, NHPR checked in with the effort to bring the once mighty chestnut back to New Hampshire forests.

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NH News
4:41 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Labor Unions Call For Action During The Lame Duck Session

The AFL-CIO delivered a symbolic wagon of the "bad deals" that supporting the sequester will net New Hampshire voters.
Courtesy Photo

New Hampshire labor unions are calling on Congressmen Bass and Guinta to avert automatic budget cuts, laid out in a deficit reduction deal between Democrats and Republicans last year. As things stand now, on January 1st mandatory budget cuts will be imposed on defense spending, Medicare, and discretionary spending – unless the current members of Congress do something to stop them.

No matter who wins on November 6th, President of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO Mark Mackenzie says, it will be this year’s lame duck Congress who will have to deal with automatic cuts.

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Education
4:33 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

UNH President Highlights Push For Restored Funding

Mike Ross / UNH Photographic Services

UNH President Mark Huddleston delivered his State of the University address, Thursday. He used the speech to reiterate his call to restore the cuts to the State University funding.

In exchange for restoring the state’s nearly $50 million dollar cut from the university system Huddleston again pledged to freeze tuition for two years and increase student grants and scholarships to students.

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Education
6:11 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Attorney General's Office: No New Charter Schools Without Legislative Approval

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Last month New Hampshire Charter Schools in development got some very bad news: the board of education voted that they would no longer be approving new applications. Their reason: the state is all out of funding for such schools.

Charter school advocates blasted the decision, saying it made no sense, because the new schools would fall under next biennium’s budget. Wednesday the Attorney General’s office told lawmakers if they want to get money to those schools, they’ll have to change the laws.

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Word of Mouth
10:04 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Pedaling off the Pounds

Sam Evans-Brown

A lot of Americans are struggling to lose a whole lot of weight, and they try all kinds of crazy things.

Ernest Gagnon — a man from Billerica, Mass. — decided to shed pounds by getting into the often intense, high-adrenaline sport of cyclocross: racing road bikes on obstacle courses.

Two years ago, Gagnon tipped the scales at 570 pounds. He was depressed and embarrassed to leave the house.

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Elections 2012
5:30 am
Wed October 10, 2012

In District 7, N.H. Senate Seat Is Up For Grabs

Yard signs for Andrew Hosmer, Democratic candidate for Senate in District 7. Hosmer is up against Republican Josh Youssef this November
Courtesy Photo

This year there are nine state senators not returning to their seats. Most of the chairs are being vacated by Republicans, and that’s got Democrats banking on winning some of those seats back. And in district 7, one traditionally red seat is up for grabs.

With eight incumbent Republicans leaving their seats, and only one Democrat, even Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley will tell you it’s not an ideal situation.

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Around the Nation
4:27 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Instead Of Surgery, Man Pedals Off The Pounds

Ernest Gagnon weighed 570 pounds before he decided to lose weight by taking up cyclocross racing. Forgoing surgery, Gagnon lost more than 200 pounds and recently competed in his first cyclocross race.
Courtesy of Ernest Gagnon

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 11:02 pm

A lot of Americans are struggling to lose a whole lot of weight, and they try all kinds of crazy things.

Ernest Gagnon — a man from Billerica, Mass. — decided to shed pounds by getting into the often intense, high-adrenaline sport of cyclocross: racing road bikes on obstacle courses.

Two years ago, Gagnon tipped the scales at 570 pounds. He was depressed and embarrassed to leave the house.

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Elections 2012
4:42 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Latest Granite State Poll Predicts Democrats Taking State House And Senate

WMUR Granite State Poll

The latest WMUR Granite State Poll predicts that if the election were held tomorrow, New Hampshire Democrats would win a majority in the State House and the Senate.

UNH survey center pollster Andy Smith says his model predicts 14 Democrats and 10 Republicans in the Senate, and 204 Democrats to 196 Republicans in the House.

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NH News
2:19 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Income Tax Opponents Ramping Up Efforts To Get Out The Vote

Former Republican Candidate for Governor, Kevin Smith, layed out plans to drum up support for Question 1, a consitutional ban on an income tax. Smith was flanked by anti-tax advocates, like Speaker of the House Bill O'brien (left)
Sam Evans-Brown

Former gubernatorial candidate Kevin Smith will be heading up an effort to build support for the constitutional amendment banning an income tax.

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